In its Top 10 Adventure Trips that Give Back, National Geographic Adventure features one of our favorites: Baja Mexico Kayak and Turtle Conservation Trip. Five species of sea turtles are found in the Baja region. All are endangered. This Baja trip supports research on black sea turtles as part of the Grupo Tortuguero program. Grupo Tortuguero is a collection of former poachers who have committed to conservation. Travelers spend 5 days in Magdalena Bay’s mangrove canals, joining Grupo Tortuguero in their community conservation project. The information gathered during this research adventure provides vital data on health, migration patterns and habitat use of sea turtles in Magdalena Bay; information that ultimately provides policymakers and authorities with the tools they need to make strategic decisions towards the species’ conservation. When not assisting in turtle monitoring, travelers get to explore the best of this beautiful region by sea kayaking & snorkeling in mangroves, hiking nearby sand dunes and camping under the stars in a place where light-pollution is unheard of. This Mexico tour is a balance of education, conservation, activity, and relaxation — all the elements necessary to travel well.
I do — in fact I am.
This spring, I’m taking my family of five to Baja to join Grupo Turtuguero in their research. Expect candid photos, video and plenty of amusing anecdotes as the Conway family shares the journey’s experiences. Stay tuned.